Dwaine Pretorius called curtains on his international cricket career with immediate effect on January 9, Monday. Cricket South Africa confirmed the development via their official press release today.
The all-rounder set his priorities straight as he said he wants to focus playing T20s and other truncated versions of the game. The all-rounder has represented the South African cricket team in 30 T20Is, 27 One-Day Internationals and three Tests.
Having represented the South African cricket team at the highest level, he has bagged seven wickets in Tests, 35 wickets in the 50-over format and 35 wickets in the shortest format of the game.
Dwaine Pretorius calls it quits from International cricket
The all-rounder made his international debut against England during a T20I on June 21, 2017. His last international appearance came against Team India back in October 4, 2022.
The 33-year-old cricketer, in his retirement note conceded that he made one of the toughest decisions of his professional career a few days ago. He said made up his mind to retire from international cricket.
He further added that while growing up, his only goal in life was to represent the South African cricket team. He added that he didn’t even know how it was going to happen in the first place.
Moreover, he echoed that he said that God rewarded him with talent and determination to play at the highest level. In his retirement note, he further added that he is shifting his focus to T20 and other small formats for the rest of his cricketing career.
After his retirement, he is now no longer contracted with Cricket South Africa and thus making him a free agent. He said he is looking forward to becoming one of the best in the business in the shortest format. At the same time, it will also help him balance his career and family life.
Another retired player in CSK 👍👍 https://t.co/fpFsDnvgv9
— AKSHAY (@akshay14793) January 9, 2023
— Sivakrishna S (@SivarathriSK) January 9, 2023
This is going to be more common in future
— Nabab 🇮🇳 (@iNabab7) January 9, 2023
Good move. Hope he does well in IPL. 😄
— Bilal Hussain (@ibilalhusain) January 9, 2023
— paz (@CricketPaz) January 9, 2023
I speak for everyone when I say this is a huge loss for international cricket. Dwaine, please reconsider.
— Saul Goodman (@panacea256) January 9, 2023
francise cricket is the way forward, we need to adapt football like approach. all these bilaterals are pointless and the top 3 boards benefit from it
— Shin (@dmonke9) January 9, 2023
— Sohaib attari (@Battrickpateman) January 9, 2023
Rightfully now he is a CSK player😅
— Kamal (@xikamal_) January 9, 2023